Canadian citizens are a mosaic of people linked to various social and ethnic values or linguistic
groups. They belong to a lot of different racial and religious backgrounds. Indeed, there is a high
proportion of immigrant and aboriginal identities (first nations, mixedrace people, Inuit people,
etc.). The reason might be that Europeans have been populating America since 1492 and Asians
arrived even before that.
Consequently, they have adopted multiculturalism as their policy for a long time. Thus, it is hard to
define a typical Canadian group or culture. Anyway, they have their own particularities linked to
the weather, the multiculturalism and the proximity to the USA.
Ottawa and Canadian society
This unknown city was chosen because of its location: between the Englishspeaking and the
Frenchspeaking (Quebec) areas, in order to reduce language tensions. Canada is a bilingual
country with two official languages: French and English. Canada is 10 million kilometres long
with a population of 33 million people (by way of comparison, it is twenty times bigger than
France but twice as less populated). Remember that this multicultural country counts another 12
foreign languages and several native languages as well.
Canada enjoys an open and relatively classless society. Most Canadians are proud of the fact that
all people deserve the same rights and respect, regardless of their gender, race, religion, or cultural
background. People in Canada usually despise comments that seem disrespectful to anyone with a
Canadians seem more tactile than Europeans: most of the time, Canadians hug their friends to say
hello (Quebeckers give a kiss). It is not usually considered objectionable to lightly touch someone
on the shoulder or elbow during a discussion.
As you probably know, the winter is really cold in Canada. The temperature can reach the minus
40 Celsius degrees. So you can find a lot a of funny beanies, mittens, gloves or boots. Casual
clothes as sweaters are really appreciated. Canadian people rarely judge people on physical
appearance or style so feel free to dress as you like. Over there, you will discover winter sports, as
ice skating on natural rivers, doing crosscountry skiing on hiking trail, snowshoeing etc.
Canadians want to take care of their health but unfortunately this country is the first producer of
GMO (GeneticallyModified Organisms) in the world. A lot of Canadians are therefore vegetarians
or vegans. Furthermore smoking is becoming increasingly unpopular and is not allowed in most
public buildings. It is indeed forbidden to smoke within a nine metre radius surrounding any public
building. Due to their geography, Canadian people love nature and large spaces. Thus, they
practice lots of outdoor sports or activities as hiking, canoeing, camping, hunting, etc.
So take your winter clothes and come to visit this wonderful green country! Enjoy the seasonal
delights of a place where everybody says hello in the street with a big smile. But summon up your
courage because you have to follow adventurers and you could run into a bear or a wolf into the
woods... it does happen!!!
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